Mar 312013
 
More than 739 Miles of U.S. Coastline Protected for Loggerhead Sea Turtles

This morning the government announced a decision, long in the making, to designate more than 739 miles of Atlantic and Gulf coastline as critical habitat for threatened loggerhead sea turtles. Loggerheads face threats from all sides, including from pollution, degradation of foraging areas, and serious injury and death from entanglement in fishing gear. They’re also […]

Mar 312013
 
'A Bestiary' ~ Downy Woodpecker and Red-bellied Woodpecker

The Downy Woodpecker, picoides pubescens and the Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus are featured in my last installment of ‘A Bestiary’ over at Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens. Downy Woodpeckers are friends to farmers and gardeners in that they enjoy dining on apple borers, tent caterpillars and more unwelcome insects. These smaller woodpeckers are often seen […]

Mar 312013
 
White-eyed Vireo

White-eyed Vireos are pretty fun. They’re a bird you’ll probably learn to identify by their call much more easily than by sight. Not because they are hard to identify–their white eyes are pretty distinctive. But they don’t always present themselves to be seen, even though I hear them all the time.

Mar 312013
 
Starry frog rediscovered after thought extinct for 160 years (photos)

In 1853 Edward Frederick Kelaart, a physician and naturalist, collected a strange frog on the island of Sri Lanka then a British colony known as Ceylon. The specimen was a large shrub frog (about 2 inches or 5.5 centimeters long) with black-outlined white specks on lime-green skin. He dubbed it “starry” after its pale specks, […]

Mar 302013
 
Grins and Fins: Meet the Sociable False Killer Whale

American photographer Doug Perrine, 60, captured this priceless image of a false killer whale mid-grin off the coast of Kona, Hawaii. Less commonly known than the killer whale (or orca), the false killer whale is the third largest member of the oceanic dolphin family. Growing to 1,500 pounds and up to 20 feet long, the […]

Mar 302013
 
Migration resumes

The 7th Eilat Bird Festival is behind us and despite not getting to our usual final checklist of 240 species, we stillmanagedto get a nice assembly of species, some not very commonly seen neither at any of the past festivals nor every spring like these Hill Sparrow,Black Bush Robins &PharaohEagle Owland no less than 3 […]

Mar 302013
 
Red kite up close

Mivus milvus – Accipitriformes – Accitridae – Their population is very low compared to that of the Black kite. Only 2500 to 3000 couples are known in France and 20 000 elsewhere, mostly in Europe. Their wingspan exceeds easily 1.50 m; as with almost all other raptors the female is the largest. I feel quite […]

Mar 302013
 
Barber Park, 3/14/2013

Yesterday morning I had to take my car to CarMax get the breaks fixed. I had an early morning meeting so I also had a little time to kill. So I dropped by the nearest birding hotspot I could find at Barber Park. It’s a pretty little park just west of rte 436 between rtes […]

Mar 302013
 
Best Photo of the Week Competition 30 Mar 2013

During the last week our authors and photographers have posted some outstanding articles packed with top-ranking wildlife images. Our competition is called “Best Photo of the Week”. Click on the first image and then page through the slideshow. Please select the three images you like best of all and vote for them at the bottom […]